March 21, 2012

Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos Agree to $96M Deal

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning holds his jersey with Broncos vice-president John Elway in Englewood


Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have agreed on a five-year, $96 million deal on Tuesday afternoon.

Hall of Famer and Broncos legend John Elway was all-smiles on Tuesday as he posed for photos with Manning and owner Pat Bowlen. Elway, who was named the vice president of football operations in 2011, is confident that the 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback is just what the team currently needs.

“Anytime you’ve got a guy like Peyton Manning on your team, you’ve got a chance to win,” Elway said. “And players know that … and so a lot of guys that are out there that are free (agents) want to go to a place where they have a chance to win a championship. So, it’s a huge benefit for us.

Manning, who turns 37 on Saturday, believes that his new team can contend next season.

“I realize I don’t have 14 years left, by any means,” Manning said. “This isn’t something where I’m just building a foundation to do something in two years or three years. This is a `now’ situation. We’re going to do whatever we can to win right now. That’s all I’m thinking about right now.”

One issue that remains to be seen is the condition of Manning’s neck. After the Indianapolis Colts signed Manning to a five-year, $90 million contract in 2011, the Louisiana-native quarterback received a total of four neck surgeries, causing him to miss the entire 2011 season. Manning passed all medical tests and was cleared by his surgeon, although he is still under rehab from his operations. Both sides, however, remain confident that Manning will be fully recovered by the start of 2012 season.

After the Colts and the 4-time MVP agreed to part ways on March 7, Manning has had discussions with the Broncos, 49ers, and the Titans. However, it may be the charm of Elway that did the trick and convinced Manning to sign with Denver.

Another implication of this signing is 2011 rookie Tim Tebow becomes expendable. Tebow, who became the hottest topic of the 2011 season, is believed to be on the trading block now that Manning has signed with the Broncos.

The Broncos still have approximately $20 million in cap space to sign a couple of veteran players to improve the team. Jeff Saturday and Dallas Clark, both former teammates of Manning, are some of the potential players that the Broncos could acquire via free agency.

The former number one draft pick has had two trips to the Super Bowl, winning one in 2007.

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Ralph King
Ralph King
Ralph King is one of the two Editor-in-Chiefs of recultured.com. He is a 5th-year Communications student who is passionate about advertising and media studies. His hobbies include obsessing over the NBA and listening to Hip-Hop music. Once in a while, you'll see him strolling the streets with a DSLR.

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